Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Activies Have Started!


Has everyone started Christmas early this year?  It seems like the holiday season has started early back in November.  But we're prepared, we've started some Christmas activities, we don't have our tree up yet but have started on some new ornaments for it!

We put up a Nativity scene of window-clings from Walmart.




We made Salt Dough ornaments at a friend's house.

Butterfly enjoyed making her gingerbread man with dots.

And we made a hand-print to remember her 3 year old size.
I'm thinking we could probably paint these, they are rock hard after spending time in the oven.


Here's the recipe for Salt Dough:


Ingredients

    * 4 cups all-purpose flour
    * 1 cup salt
    * 1 1/2 cups warm water

Directions

   1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
   2. Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable.
   3. Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a toothpick make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 1 to 2 hours.





When Butterfly had her friends over this week, I cut out green trees from green card and shapes from sticky glitter foam.  Also with loads of Christmas stickers, we have very well decortated trees to hang up!



We coloured wooden ornaments with our friends.





We also made Cinnamon-Apple Sauce ornaments!

These take a couple of days to dry hard.


Here's the recipe for the Cinnamon-Apple Sauce Ornaments:

  • 1/2 cup cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup store bought applesauce (homemade sauce will likely be too watery)
Or, any equal portions of both ingredients depending on the quantity you desire.

Directions:

   1. Stir together cinnamon and applesauce with a spoon until the dough becomes stiff, then use your hands to create a ball of dough.
   2. Place the ball of dough on a sheet of waxed paper, flatten slightly with your fingers.
   3. Place a second sheet of waxed paper over the top of the dough and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
   4. Use cookie cutters or your own template shapes.
   5. Air dry creations on a waxed paper-covered cookie sheet or a cooling rack for at least 24 hours until they are completely hard.



At another friend's playgroup, we made Shrinky Dinks ornaments!
Colour a Christmas ornament on a Shrinky Dink paper with pencil crayons, hole punch a hole, then pop them in the oven for a quick minute or two and they shrink right up to a small plastic ornament!  All they need now is a thread or ribbon to hang them on the tree!


More Christmas crafts and ideas to come!

3 comments:

  1. I made the cinnamon applesauce ornaments with my two today but my recipe called for white glue in it. Does it work without the glue?

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  3. The glue just helps hold them together better, I teach pre-school and have used both recipes, I like the one without glue best. They smell much better.

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